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Hearing-impaired accommodation offered at hunter safety course

June 28, 2016 

The FWC is offering a free hunter safety internet-completion course with hearing-impaired accommodation July 16 in Gainesville. An interpreter will be provided at the field day for this course.  

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region

June 27, 2016 

Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30. 

Florida leads the nation in family fishing and boating spots

June 24, 2016 

Florida swept the Take Me Fishing™ 2016 “Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S.” list, hosting the top four locations with nine locations on the list in total—more than any other state.  

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission honors Jarrod Molnar as 2016 Boating Officer of the Year

June 23, 2016 

The FWC recognized Officer Jarrod Molnar as its 2016 Boating Officer of the Year during its June Commission meeting. Officer Molnar is a coastal officer assigned to southern Okaloosa County in the FWC’s Northwest Region.  

FWC thanks Lake County Commission for passing ordinance to help reduce bear conflicts

June 23, 2016 

The FWC commended the Lake County Commission for taking proactive Bear Wise steps to reduce bear conflicts in Lake County communities.  

Bay scallop conservation measures approved for St. Joe Bay

June 23, 2016 

At the June 23 meeting near Apalachicola, the FWC approved measures to conserve bay scallops in the St. Joseph Bay area. 

FWC moving forward with statewide conservation effort

June 22, 2016 

At its June meeting, the Commission recommended staff move forward with efforts to establish a suite of new Critical Wildlife Areas and modify five existing CWAs.  

FWC concludes alligator incident investigation; confident responsible alligator removed

June 22, 2016 

The FWC is confident that the alligator responsible for the attack has been removed. This conclusion is based on expert analyses and observations by staff with extensive experience in investigating fatal alligator bite incidents.  

FWC votes to postpone bear hunting in 2016

June 22, 2016 

At its June meeting, the seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to postpone bear hunting in Florida in 2016.  

FWC law enforcement to participate in Operation Dry Water, national crackdown on boating under the influence

June 21, 2016 

Law enforcement agencies nationwide will be out in force June 24-26, looking for boaters who choose to boat under the influence, and then removing them from the water.  

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